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Born in New York, NY, 1974
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
In addition to creating dazzling photographs and gripping sculptures, Xaviera Simmons also makes critically acclaimed installations. These often investigate music, particularly cherished LP artwork. In 2006, she created How to Break Your Own Heart, stapling classic jazz albums covers on the walls of New York City’s Art in General gallery, where she frequently deejays. “I constructed this installation as a site of sensorial intervention in a heavily trafficked landscape,” she explained to the New York Foundation for the Arts. “My intentions were also to create a space that was immediately educational to the passerby, a space that engages as well as surprises.”
The following year, she reprised the concept at Houston’s Contemporary Art Museum with the installation, Electric Relaxation: Digital Good Times, which included R&B and hip-hop album covers along with archival video footage.
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY
|2004||BFA, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY|
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
|2012||Wolf, The Kitchen, New York, NY|
Salt 4, Utah Museum Of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
(Harvest): Any Number of Myths and Stories, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
|2009|| Performance: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Oscillation: For A Minute There, I Lost Myself, The Museum Of Art And Design, NY, NY
|2008|| The Tunnel Room, John Connelly Presents, NY, NY
Perspectives 157, Electric Relaxation: Digital Good Time, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
|2007||The Hustle Never Stops In Lagos (et al), The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA|
How To Break Your Own Heart, Art In General, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Artist In Residence, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
30 Americans, Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington, DC
Greater New York, PS.1, New York, NY
Foto Festival, Images Recalled, Curated by Tobias Berger, Heidelberg, Germany
30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida
The FM Ferry Experiment, (programmed by NeuroTransmitter), Staten Island Ferry, NY, NY
Black Alphabet (Contexts In Contemporary African American Art), Zacheta National Gallery Of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Frequency, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
RESIDENCIES AND FELLOWSHIPS
|2011-2012||Artist in Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY|
The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
Emergency Grant, Foundation For Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
The David C. Driskell Prize, The High Museum Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
The New York Community Trust Fellowship
Artist-In-Residence, The Center For Photography At Woodstock
Acadia Summer Art Program (Kippy Kamp), Acadia, ME
|2002||Cave Canem Poets Fellow, New York, NY|
Mahoney, J.W. “Where Do We Migrate To,” Artpulse Magazine.Com, 2011
White, Amy, “New American Landscapes”, August 10, 2011
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos, "David Castillo, One of Only Two Galleries Selected for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011," Miami New Times, August 24, 2011.
Warren, Tamara, "Back to the Land" Life + Times Magazine, August 12, 2011.
Tschida, Anne, "In 'Sum:' recreating the created image," Knight Arts, June 03, 2011.
McGee, Celia, “First an Outcast, Then an Inspiration,” New York Times, April 21, 2011.
Cotter, Holland, “STARGAZERS: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists,” New York Times, April 14, 2011.
“Studio Tracks”, Art Info.com, April, 19, 2011
Duray, Dan, “In Flux Art, Naked Meets Nonsense Meets Lard,” The New York Observer, March 29, 2011.
“Black History Month 2011: Bronx Museum Celebrates 50 Years of Black Power, Beauty,” NY1, aired February 21, 2011.
Corwin, Will, “Xaviera Simmons,” Art International Radio, originally aired January 1, 2011.
“Hot Shots,” Modern Painters, November 2010.
“Ten Female Artists You Should Know,” Essence Magazine, 2010.
De Jesus Suarez, Carlos, Miami New Times, February 2, 2010.
Smith, Roberta, “A Beating Heart Of Social Import,” New York Times, December 09, 2009.
Cotter, Holland, “Negritude,” The New York Times, July 2, 2009.
Penndleton, Adam, “Artist On Artist,” Bomb Magazine, 2009.
How To Break Your Own Heart, Exhibition Catalog, Art In General, NY, 2008.
Perspectives 157: Xaviera Simmons, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, 2007.
Schwyzer, Elizabeth, "Challenging Aesthetics" The Santa Barbara Independent, April 8, 2007.
Genocchio, Benjamin, “Down By The River” The New York Times, October 1, 2006
Genochio, Benjamin, “E7: Emerge at Aljra,” The New York Times, September 15, 2006
Simmons, Xaviera “Notes On How To Break Your Own Heart” NYFA Current,
Valdez, Sarah, “Bling and Beyond,” Art in America, April 2006.
Curators Choice, Scope Art Fair Catalog, 2006.
Garcia, Miki, “Xaviera Simmons,” Frequency catalogue, The Studio Museum In Harlem, 2006.
Kastner, Jeffery, “Frequency” ArtForum International, January 2006
Smith, Roberta. “Where Issues Of Black Identity Meet The Concerns of Every Artist,” The New York Times, November 18, 2005.
Blackside Productions, This Far By Faith, PBS Documentary of a Two-year walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, 2004.
The High Museum Of Art, Atlanta
The Nasher Museum Of Art, Duke University
The Rubell Family Collection
The Studio Museum In Harlem
The Agnes Gund Art Collection
30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.
Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.